Lamar High School’s Food Distribution
Lamar High School’s Drive, in which Thanksgiving food items were collected so that they could be distributed to families in need within the community, was coordinated by HISD Wraparound resource specialist, Dana Harris, and the Lamar Student Council, in partnership with the Houston Food Bank.
“Wraparound resource specialists are housed at most HISD schools, and our job is to assist children and their families with basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, bill payments and things of that nature,” Harris said.
Wraparound specialists organize events and do everything in their power to help families in need so that the children’s academics do not suffer.
“We organized this food drive so that we could help provide for families in our community. We have been working on this event with student council since September,” Harris said. Much planning was required to ensure the food drive reached all its goals, one of which was to provide food for as many families as possible.
“We have helped approximately 250 families with this food drive,” Harris said. A major factor in the success of the food drive was our student council.
“Our job was crucial in getting the word out there about the food drive so that as many distributions as possible could be made, but we also provided the frozen turkeys that are being delivered to the families,” said Lamar Student Council President, Kendall Reese. Everyone involved in the event was very eager to achieve the best results in the drive, as they are all aware about how much what they do helps many families.
“There is a lot of need in our community, and that is what student council is about - giving back to our Lamar families and helping them,” said Reese. Student Council is an amazing school opportunity for everyone. It not only helps people in the community, but it also allows students to build character through their volunteering. Stuco has many high placed goals for their events and works hard to achieve their goals.
“We have really had a great turnout for the food drive. The food drive has completely exceeded our goals,” Reese said. The food drive would not have been as successful as it was without the help of Lamar families. The food drive was an absolute success, and thanks to the efforts of Stuco, HISD Wraparound, and the Houston Food Bank, 250 families will have a delicious Thanksgiving meal.
“It was a wonderful experience. I am so fortunate to be able to give back to the Lamar community,” Harris said.
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